Sept. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) travels to Providence, R.I. to help the Brown University Bears (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League) open its 2013 season on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., at Brown Stadium. This will be the fourth meeting between the Hoyas and Bears, with GU trailing the all-time series, 3-0.
Saturday's game will be the Hoyas fourth, but first for the Bears. This is the ninth consecutive season that GU has been the season-opener for an Ivy League opponent. Last season they fell to the Bears, 37-10 during homecoming weekend last season at Multi-Sport Field. Fans can listen to the game live on the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. In-game updates will also be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
The Hoyas had its eight-game night winning streak and six-game Pioneer League snapped last Saturday, falling to Marist, 43-23. The Hoyas fell behind, as the Red Foxes scored four consecutive touchdowns between the second and third quarters. GU continued to fight, closing to within two scores, behind 398 passing yards from senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy), the second most single-game passing yards in GU history.
WILKE AND DECICCO TOP THE CENTURY MARK AGAINST MARIST...The Hoyas lost five of its top eight pass catchers from last season, but Kempf has had plenty of reliable targets. Against Marist, senior WR Zack Wilke - the Hoyas top-returner - and sophomore WR Jake DeCicco, each had over 100 yards receiving. It is the first time since GU joined the Patriot league in 2001 that the team has had a pair of receivers top the 100 yard mark in the same game. Wilke became the first Hoyas receiver to have 10 catches in a game since Jamal Davis against Bucknell in 2011. DeCicco's 118 yards were a career-high and the most for any Hoya since last season at Fordham. DeCicco is tied for fourth in the Patriot League in receiving yards per game (82.0), while Wilke is sixth (80.0).
HOYAS IN THE RED ZONE...The Hoyas are tied for 25th in the nation in red zone efficiency, converting scoring touchdowns on 10-of-11 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Of the Hoyas 10 touchdowns, six have come on the ground, with four passing. Jo'el Kimpela and Isaiah Kempf each have two rushing touchdown, while Zack DeCicco and Daniel Sprotte have a pair of touchdown receptions. Last season the Hoyas were 24-of-35 after being among the nation's leaders at 36-of-39 on red zone opportunities in 2011 with Kempf under center.
DEFENSE PUTTING PRESSURE IN OPPOSING BACKFIELDS... The Hoyas have been able to put heavy pressure on opposing offensive backfields through three games, placing among the nation's leaders in tackles for loss. Through three games this season, junior defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) is tied for the Patriot League lead with teammate Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic), averaging 1.33 TFL per game. Senior defensive end Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) is fourth in the PL, averaging 1.17 TFL/game.
HOYAS NOTES...Through three games the Hoyas are four-of-six on fourth down conversions and 20-of-47 on third down conversions, good for 35th in the nation...Matt MacZura's 44-yard field goal against Marist was the longest of his career...The Hoyas are 2-13 against the Ivy League since 2001 with wins against Cornell (2003) and Princeton (2012).
ABOUT BROWN...Head Coach Phil Estes will lead the Bears in his 16th season at the helm of the program.. Brown was selected to finish third in the Ivy League preseason poll behind defending champ Penn and Harvard...Brown's defense is led by a trio of senior All-Ivy League selection, including DE Michael Yules, DB Emory Polley and LB Ade Oyalowo...On offense, the Bears feature All-Ivy selections WR Tellef Lundevall and OL Cole Hooper and Dan Austin. QB Patrick Donnelly was the second ranked QB in the Ivy League last year. The team also features All-Ivy League kicker Alex Norocea... Wealth of Experience...Brown has 11 seniors listed atop its two-deep on offense and six seniors listed atop its two-deep on defense...Brown went 7-3 last season, winning its last three games of the season against Yale, Dartmouth and Columbia.